Sep 11, 2012


GREENVILLE – St. Mary’s School held a prayer service on Sept. 11 to recognize the victims and their families of the 9-11 attack. The service was held at the flag pole. The service included raising the flag to half staff, Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence, prayers and closing the service with the singing of God Bless America. Mrs. Pierri and her fifth and sixth grade students organized and led the prayer service.

World Day of Prayer

World would you take time to pray?
On this anniversary of another Day of Infamy,
Do not hide your tears,
Or be overwhelmed by your fears,
We were given a rude wake up call,
Praise the Lord America did not fall,
We were given a caustic taste of defeat,
Yes, that challenge we did meet.
We refuse to fear, just be afraid,
Lord help us save this world you made,
Give us courage to keep us free,
I pray for peace, will you pray with me?
Let your prayers be heard,
Gaining comfort from His word,
No one knows how many cried,
Or how many prayers for those who died,
Families and friends need your prayers,
Rattle every mountain with your prayers,
Our memories will dim, yet we will not forget,
May those who done this never forget.
Keep the freedoms strong we share,
World raise your voice in prayer,
We also share another bond, Love,
Will you help spread understanding and love?

Bliss plays role in GOP Convention

TAMPA, FL – A local Republican woman leader is among the hundreds of members of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) who served as delegates or alternates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 27-30.

Lyn Bliss of Greenville served as and Alternate Delegate. She is among the approximately 650 members of the NFRW who played a significant role in convention activities, including as delegates or alternate delegates, members of key convention committees, convention officers, and featured convention speakers.

“These conventions are a time for all of those attending to get to know their candidates, hear their life experiences, their ideas, their goals and vision for the future. It gives us all information to bring home to our friends and neighbors. There are now thousands of citizens who know more about their candidates than they could ever have learned by reading about them. We have not only heard and seen them, we have also heard and seen those who have dealt with the candidate through life experiences,” said Bliss regarding the experience.

Bliss also attended daily morning breakfast events held for the Ohio delegation and various evening activities, including a beach party, harbor cruise, and an evening dinner/dance.

Bliss is First Vice-president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW), serves on the Legislative Committee and is a board member for the National Federation of Republican Women.

For more information about the NFRW, visit For more information about the OFRW, visit

Wee Read begins September 17

NEW MADISON--The popular program Wee Read for young children and their families will begin Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., at New Madison Public Library. Each weekly Wee Read session will last about 30 minutes and include lively interaction with books, music, activities and crafts that will encourage reading habits in young children. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. The recommended age is 3-5 years old, but younger and older children are welcome to attend and participate at the discretion of the parent or guardian. Wee Read is especially popular with families that have children of different ages. To kick off a new year of reading and fun, children will enjoy an ice cream sundae bar with lots of yummy toppings at the end of the September 17 session. Miss Elaine will also make book marks with the kids and talk about visiting the library and how to care for library books. For more information, call 996-1741.

Flu Vaccines being offered

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Health Department is administering flu vaccines during regular clinic hours, Tuesday 8-10:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m., while supplies last. Cost of the vaccine is $20, cash or check. Insurances accepted include Ohio Medicaid, Molina, Amerigroup, Caresource, Medical Mutual, Anthem BC/BS, and Medicare Part B. Annual influenza vaccine is recommended for all persons age 6 months and older. The Darke County Health Department is located at 300 Garst Ave., Greenville (beside the park). For more information, call 548-4196 X 224.

Fall Gardening Seminar

GREENVILLE--The Olde Thyme Gardeners’ annual fall workshop “Saving for the Future: Seeds, Scents and Sustainability!” will be held Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, in the log house at Shawnee Prairie, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville. Deb Borgia from Sycamore Bridge Farm in Versailles will speak on insects, growing organics and feeding the soil and Olde Thyme Gardener and former Master Gardener, Diana Anderson will discuss seed saving. Those attending will complete the workshop with a hands-on activity learning how to take cuttings from scented geraniums. The fee for the morning activities is $10 (checks payable to the Olde Thyme Gardeners). Space is limited to the first 15 paid participants. For more information on the workshop, Olde Thyme Gardeners, or to register, call Bethany DuPuy, 547-0877 or 937-417-8917. In addition, the Olde Thyme Gardeners would like to invite anyone interested in the gardening practices of the early 1800’s to attend the group’s meetings; fall meetings will be held Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13, noon, in the library at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. No special knowledge or training is required.

Book Sale

EATON—The Eaton Library will hold a book sale Sept. 22-Oct. 4. The library, 301 N. Barron St., is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book sale prices are set by donation. If interested in helping with the sale, call librarian Phyllis Bennett, 937-456-4331.

AppleFest 2012

NEW PARIS—New Paris will host AppleFest 2012 on Sept. 21-23. The event will feature food vendors, crafters, a petting zoo, Beer Garden, bands and lots more. A car show is set for Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Main St. downtown New Paris – in front of the Antique Mall and an easy walk to the Old School Festival Grounds. A parade will also be held Saturday, 11 a.m. For more information, visit; call Bonnie Hoff, 937-437-4247; or Keith Kelly, 937-477-9699.

BBB offers tips on preparing your furnace

Labor Day weekend is typically the unofficial end of summer. So, now may be the time to start preparing your furnace for Old Man Winter. Your Better Business Bureau says if you plan ahead, it can help you avoid getting burned when you really need the heat.

Heating experts say your furnace should be inspected once a year, usually before temperatures take a dip. But, don’t wait too long or you may find yourself on a long waiting list. Having a certified technician look at your furnace will help make sure it runs more efficiently and could save you money in the long run by finding minor problems before they become serious ones. A typical inspection includes cleaning the blower and filter system, including belts and pulleys, as well as replacement of the oil filter and examining the regulators and other controls.

More than 1.2 million inquiries and 4,200 complaints were made to BBBs across the US and Canada last year about heating & air conditioning companies. Your BBB offers tips for finding a trustworthy heating expert:

* Check with family and friends for recommendations. If, they’re happy with companies they use, most likely you’ll be too.

* Shop around and get several quotes. Don’t settle for the lowest bid.

* Consider a company’s reputation and years of service.

* Make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured.

* Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to inquire about something if you don’t understand.

* Get a written contract with details of all the work to be completed. Don’t sign anything until all blanks are completed. And, make sure warranties and guarantees are covered in the contract.

* Never pay up front. A legitimate, trustworthy company won’t do business that way.

There are a few things you can do to help reduce your bills and increase your furnace’s life. For instance, change your filter and keep your windows and doors properly caulked to keep the cold air out. Remember, don’t get burned when it comes to your furnace, get it checked and inspected early. There are more than 100 local BBB Accredited heating businesses and your BBB can provide a list of these businesses. Contact your BBB by visiting or calling (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301. It can also provide you with business reviews on companies you’re considering.

Sep 10, 2012


GREENVILLE—Angie Baker of Greenville, was the winner of the beautiful fall arrangement donated by Family Health and Comprehensive Health Network.

Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust Funds benefit community

GREENVILLE--Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful to have received funding from the summer distribution of the Harry D. Stephens Memorial trust fund. These monies will be used to help underwrite the costs of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County for the 2012/2013 season.

According to Julie Strait, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to be in a community that values the arts, and is sincerely thankful for the generosity of the Harry D. Stephens Memorial trust fund and its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community through the arts.”

The 2012/2013 season officially started in July with a Barbecue and Blues fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course, however, Sept. 8 marked the beginning of the Artists Series programming with guitar maestro Tommy Emmanuel at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Visit DCCA’s website at for more information and a complete listing of events.

Distributions from the Harry D. Stephens Memorial trust fund are made in June and December each year and only the interest income from the fund can be distributed for charitable, educational, scientific, literary and/or religious purposes. Trust Fund Committee members include Peter Hemer, Jennifer Bish, Dr. Michael Fourman, Alan Greiner, and Dianna Wagner. Application forms to receive funds from the Memorial Fund can be obtained from the Darke County Chamber of Commerce Office, 622 S. Broadway in Greenville. Completed applications are to be returned to the law firm of Flinn and Muntean, L.P.A. at 429 Memorial Drive. The deadline for getting applications returned for the June distribution is April 1, and Oct. 1 for the December distribution.

Local tax preparer earns RTRP status

APPLETON, WI—Melissa Bowman of Rainbow Accounting Services, LLC has reached a personal and professional milestone in her career by passing the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) competency exam. The award of the RTRP designation recognized demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of federal individual taxation and assures clients that the preparer is up-to-date on the latest tax law changes and ethics requirements.

To retain the status of a registered tax preparer, individuals must complete a minimum of 15 continuing education credits (CPEs) per year. RTRPs are also governed under stringent rules set forth by the IRS.

With the beginning of its 14th year in business, Rainbow Accounting Services, LLC and its staff have over a decade of tax experience and over 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. They offer small business accounting and bookkeeping services, including payroll, tax planning and financial analysis-both personal and business.

If you need assistance with any taxation issue, you should seek the help of a tax professional. As a professional tax preparer, member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and President of the Ohio Chapter of NATP, Melissa Bowman, owner of Rainbow Accounting Services, LLC, 8917 N. St. Rt. 121, can assist you with a review of your tax history and answer questions on how taxation issues may impact your future. Please call the office, 937-448-6159, or, for more information. Members of the National Association of Tax Professionals work at offices that assist over 11 million taxpayers with tax preparation and planning. The average NATP member has been in the tax business for over 20 years and holds a tax/financial designation and/or a college degree. NATP has more than 22,000 members nationwide. Members include individual tax preparers, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, accountants, attorneys and financial planners. As a nonprofit professional association, NATP serves professionals working in all areas of tax practice through professional tax education, tax research and tax office supplies. The national headquarters, located in Appleton, WI, employees over 50 staff members. For more information, visit

Books donated to Maria Stein Gift Shop

GREENVILLE--State of the Heart Hospice, with offices in Coldwater, Greenville and Portland, recently donated a collection of books to the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics Gift Shop. Over two dozen inspirational and educational books dealing with grief and loss aimed at helping both children and adults were given to the gift shop. The books are in the St. Thomas Aquinas room which is dedicated to books. The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics Gift shop is located at 2291 St. Johns Rd. in Maria Stein.
Left to right: Marlene Black, Bereavement Specialist and Larry Kinneer, Promotion & Development Coordinator, both of State of the Heart; Don Rosenbeck, administrator, Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics; Tess Mescher, Gift Shop Manager, and Becky Bruggeman, assistant book store manager.

Sep 9, 2012

TobyMac, Jamie Grace and more to perform Sept. 16

GREENVILLE - On Sept. 16, one of the most recognizable names in Contemporary Christian music will take the stage at the Darke County Fairgrounds for the sixth annual Illumination Festival. TobyMac and a top-notch line-up of national and regional talent will be on-hand to entertain and inspire. Joining TobyMac on stage will be Jamie Grace, The City Harmonic, Shonlock, Tommy Renfro, Reese Lincoln Band and The Quest. Also appearing will be Mike Guzzardo, nationally known speaker.

TobyMac first found success in 1987 with DC Talk. In 2000, he embarked on a solo career and has had a string of successful albums.

Jamie Grace can thank YouTube and TobyMac for propelling her career. It was on her YouTube channel that she was discovered by the legendary Christian artist. She has since gone on to score a #1 hit with her first single “Hold Me,” with background vocals by TobyMac. She also earned the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.

Shonlock, an urban rock/hip hop artist from Atlanta, GA, made his debut in 2001 as a member TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. In 2010 he signed with Arrow-Records/Universal and released Where Never Begins.

The City Harmonic is a Dove Award nominated and three time Covenant Award (GMA Canada) winning band, including New Artist of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year and Modern Worship Song of the Year. This Canadian Christian rock band was formed in 2009.

Mike Guzzardo has dedicated the entirety of his energies to traveling the United States and the world inspiring people to a deeper commitment to Christ. Mike is a frequent speaker at conventions and conferences such as “Acquire the Fire” with over 150,000 in annual attendance. He has also proven to be a sought after speaker for retreats, camps and churches both domestically and internationally.

While the concert is always a big draw for Illumination, the festival has much more going on throughout the day. Plus, the Illumination Committee has added a second day to this year’s event - Day One.

Searching for a way to get more youth groups involved in the Illumination Festival, committee members formed Illumination Day One. Youth groups are encouraged to kick off their fall youth program during Illumination. Youth that don’t have a youth group are more than welcome to attend. The festival will host a special program on Sept. 15, 8 p.m., at the Darke County Fair Youth Building. Mike Guzzardo will be speaking and regional band, I Am Victorious, will provide the worship music. There will also be a youth drama presented. The cost for Illumination Day One is $5 per person or five cans of food per person. For more information on this event, visit Youth groups can come just for the evening or camping is available.

Illumination Festival continues on Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., with a special worship service in the Youth Building. Guzzardo has agreed to minister in this service also. Providing the music will be New Creation.

Following the worship service, activities will include the traditional Coffeehouse with great regional bands, air soft, inflatables, volleyball and a corn hole tournament.

The corn hold tournament begins at noon with registration beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per team and McDonald’s Gift Certificates will be awarded to first through third places. Register the day of the event or call (937) 670-9255 or email for more information.

This year’s Illumination Coffeehouse begins at approximately 11 a.m. and will include Chris Cantrell, Levi Monk, I Am Victorious, Radiant and Live 4:1.

The Coffeehouse entertainment will lead up to the opening of the Grandstand at 3 p.m. with the first band performing on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the Illumination Concert featuring TobyMac. Ticket prices are $25 for grandstand, $30 for track and reserved and $50 for VIP tickets (in front of the stage and available from iTickets only). Tickets are $5 more on the day of the show. As a reminder, grandstand tickets do not allow for admittance to the track. Only reserved, track and VIP tickets will get concert goers on the track. Tickets are available at Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, and the Darke County Fairgrounds, in Greenville; Union City Christian Book Store, Union City; Trinity Gifts and Books, Richmond, IN, and (Reserved tickets are only available through Bread of Life and iTickets.)

Greenville recognized as one of Ohio’s BEST

CLEVELAND--In the November issue of Ohio Magazine, Greenville will be recognized as one of five BEST hometowns in the publication’s seventh annual Ohio’s Best Hometowns issue.

Ohio Magazine editors selected Greenville because it embodies all of the qualities and characteristics that make Ohio hometowns so special: family-friendly events, inviting green spaces, a variety of shops and restaurants as well as an amazing sense of community.

Greenville's amenities create a big-city feel combined with a welcoming small-town atmosphere. Bustling downtown shops and restaurants, beautiful parks, rich history and attractive neighborhoods create the type of place that residents are proud to call "home."

In this special collector’s issue, Ohio Magazine also recognizes four other communities as 2012-2013 Ohio’s Best Hometowns: Findlay, Gallipolis, Grove City and Peninsula. The issue will hit the newsstand on October 23.

To determine the honorees, Ohio Magazine solicited nominations and conducted site visits across the state. The editors evaluated the nominees in six categories — Community Spirit, Education, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Business Environment and Culture and Heritage — to help finalize their selections.

Each of the Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns will be featured in the November, January and July issues of Ohio Magazine, showing readers unique places to visit and ways to enjoy each location. The Best Hometowns are encouraged to mark this special honor with celebrations throughout the year. Ohio Magazine’s seventh annual Ohio’s Best Hometown honor marks the success of these five communities in these categories.

Greenville and West Carrollton competing in Drive to Victory!

GREENVILLE—WHIO-TV has selected the Greenville vs. West Carrollton football game as Game of the Week on Sept. 14. Not only is the Green Wave being challenged to win on the field, the Greenville Student Council hopes they will win in another arena – the Goodwill Drive to Victory competition.

The Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory is in its 6th season with WHIO-TV and is a friendly competition each week between two local high schools that battle off the field in a donation drive benefiting Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. The school collecting the most weight will receive a $200 scholarship from Mid-USA Credit Union. At the conclusion of the season the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week will receive an additional $700 scholarship.

Donations will be accepted at the Goodwill trailer parked at the high school stadium parking lot Sept. 10-14, Monday, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Goodwill attendants will accept donations of clothing, household items and computers. Receipts for the tax deductible donation will be available from the attendant.

On Friday, the trailer will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7.

(Winning tip): Computers, accessories and books add weight. Also, cars, trucks, boats and RVs can also be donated and counted toward the school’s weight. Call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how a vehicle donation can be made.

Since 2007, the Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory campaign has generated more than 460,000 pounds of clothing and household items along with more than 40 vehicles from around the Miami Valley. These items are sold in stores and at the auto auction, with proceeds supporting the mission of helping people with disabilities and other needs here in the community. For more information about Drive to Victory, visit the website at

County agencies merge; continue to serve area residents

GREENVILLE—Lyn McArdle has been named Executive Director for both Darke County Recovery Services (DCRS) and Darke County Mental Health Clinic, d.b.a. The Mental Health Clinic, Serving Darke and Miami Counties (TMHC).

The Board of Directors of both agencies agreed to pursue a merger of the two entities with a goal of completion by the end of the 2012 calendar year. A management agreement was implemented on July 10.

This agreement incorporates the administration of all clinical services and organizational finances in Darke and Miami Counties.

The Mental Health Clinic has provided mental health services to Darke County residents since 1972, including psychiatric services, therapy, and community based CPST (Community Psychiatric Support Treatment) services (case management). The agency may be contacted at 548-1635. Darke County Recovery Services, 548-6842, has provided substance abuse treatment and prevention in Darke County since 1974. These agencies have historically worked together to provide quality care to individuals and families with common problems. The past relationships make this partnership an ideal match. This new venture provides increased benefits for clients including case of access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment, multiple service options and improved financial health for the agencies.

Both agencies recently expanded their services to include neighboring counties. In 2001 Darke County Recovery Services began providing care in Preble County at the Marie Dwyer Recovery Center. The Mental Health Clinic expanded to include Miami County in 2010. Darke County Recovery Services and The Mental Health Clinic remain dedicated to serving Darke and Miami Counties in the most effective and efficient way possible, with quality services in a friendly environment. The agencies will use this opportunity to improve their service delivery system and better meet the needs of the clients they serve.

Alcohol Suspected in One Vehicle Rollover Accident

On September 9, 2012 at approximately 3:03am Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight responded to a one vehicle accident on State Route 47 near White Coppess Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Nissan Infinti driven by Travis Hery, 23, of Columbus, IN was eastbound on State Route 47 just west of White Coppess Road. Hery's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a ditch and culvert causing the vehicle to overturn several times. The vehicle came to rest in a cornfield.

Mr. Hery and the rear passenger, Justin Grant (21) of West Lafayette, Indiana were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where they are both listed in stable condition.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, alcohol is suspected.

Sep 8, 2012

Motorcycle/Vehicle Collision Sends Two to Hospital; One Careflighted

On September 8, 2012 at approximately 10:42 a.m., Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of US RT 127 and Childrens Home Bradford Road in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident involving a motorcycle and vehicle.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2000 Buick LeSabre, driven by Samuel D. Yagle, 79, Versailles Ohio was eastbound on Childrens Home Bradford Road crossing US RT 127. Yagle's vehicle traveled into the path of the northbound 2006 maroon Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Michael R. Roth, 54, Englewood. Roth struck Yagle's vehicle causing both vehicle's to travel of the right side of the roadway. Roth was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in the side ditch.

Yagle was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Greenville Township Rescue, where he was treated and released. Yagle was the only occupant in the vehicle. Roth was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he is listed in critical condition.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Smith Merchants and Quilterie hosting pillowcase event for Haiti

ARCANUM--Situated in a shaded part of Delmas 75, Port Au Prince, Haiti, sits a masonry and stucco building surrounded by a block wall with barb wire across the top and a gate to securely house the 130 plus Haitian children from what lies in the city of 2 million who live in poverty, filth and crime. This is “His Home for Children” established in 1999 as a non-denominational Christian organization with the purpose of rescuing children from spiritual and physical poverty. The main focus is on developing their spiritual needs through a relationship with Jesus Christ and then to meet their physical needs through shelter, medical care, proper nutrition and education. His Home for Children’s main goal is to facilitate adoptions so that each child can obtain a forever family. This being said, not all children can be adopted and “His” is active in developing programs for the children that will spend their lives in Haiti. The ER (earthquake relief) house is home to young ladies who have been rescued from tent cities and are now in the process of healing physically and emotionally as well as learning different trades so to live a successful life as adults. The latest addition to His Home for Children is a facility to house long term and lifetime care for the 16 special needs children that have been being kept in the Orphanage. Special wheelchairs, therapies, and other special amenities focused on improving the quality of life for these children are being put in place for their entire lifetime or until they can be adopted or God calls them home.

For more information on His Home For Children go to There are many children needing adoptive families, as well as sponsorship.

To show support to this Orphanage, Smith Merchants and Quilterie will be hosting a pillowcase event Sept 14, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. or Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to make pillowcases. Everyone is invited to join in - bring your machine and fabrics, or purchase fabric the day of the event and make a difference in the lives of these children.

Can’t make it those two days? That’s ok, just bring finished pillowcases into the store, 109 W. George St. in Arcanum, before Sept. 19 and they will be included in our gift. Pillowcases are easy to make and don’t take a lot of time. So that the insides of the pillowcase be as neat as the outside, we ask that the seams be serged or that you use a French (enclosed) seam. Patterns can be found on the web at or stop by the store and pick one up. As a bonus for those who help us with this project, Smith’s coffeehouse is offering a free drink to anyone showing them a pillowcase they made and are donating. Won’t you please consider helping us put a smile on these children’s faces? For more information please call Smith Merchants and Quilterie, 692-6300.

Pet Calendars now available

Darke County--The Darke County Friends of The Shelter are currently selling 2013 calendars featuring dogs and cats of local pet owners. The calendars feature a different pet each month and would make a wonderful gift for someone special or yourself. The calendars, $8 each, are available at the Darke County Animal Shelter, 5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, OH (just beyond the Sheriff's office) or from the members of The Darke County Friends of the Shelter. All the proceeds will provide extra amenities for the cats and dogs currently residing at the shelter. For more information, call 547-1645.

Free SBDC Workshop

PIQUA--The Small Business Development Center at Edison Community College is sponsoring a marketing workshop Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The free workshop will include guidance on how to grow and expand your business in a challenging economy, find new markets for your existing products or services, get the most out of your advertising dollars and ultimately position your business for success. Marketing for Business Growth will be presented by Audrey Gutman of Behr Design Advertising & Marketing. This workshop will be held in North Hall, Room #511 at the Edison Community College Main Campus located at 1973 Edison Drive in Piqua, Ohio. For further information or to register please contact the Edison SBDC at 937-381-1525.

Donate blood, win a recliner

DARKE COUNTY--Fall in Darke County is the perfect time to “fall into a good habit” and donate blood. Register to donate at any Darke County Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive during “Darke County Days” now through Oct. 31 and be automatically entered in a drawing to win a leather La-Z-Boy recliner.

There is no better way to enjoy an afternoon of channel surfing between televised football games than from the comfort of a genuine La-Z-Boy recliner. Donors must be 18 or older to win.

The Darke County Days La-Z-Boy giveaway is sponsored by Francis Furniture, 1410 Wagner Ave. in Greenville. For more information contact Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199,

Computer Sign-Up at Greenville Library

GREENVILLE--Greenville Public Library patrons are now enjoying the new automatic computer sign-up system. Rather than have a staff member log on for them, they can now walk up to any available public computer and sign themselves in. It’s convenient and easy. All they need is a current library card and a PIN number.

Each patron is allotted 120 minutes a day on the computer. This time can be taken all at once or spread out throughout the day. They can just sign themselves in and out and come back later if they’d like - the computer keeps track of their account. This feature allows people to check their emails or Facebook more than once.

Anyone over the age of four can obtain a library card free of charge by signing up at the Circulation Desk. Parents or guardians must accompany kids under 18. Proof of a current address is necessary. For a lost card $1 is charged.

In some cases a fine may be charged to a patron’s account which prevents them from using a library card. Circulation Supervisor Jenny Sullivan is happy to work with anyone in this situation. Just see her for arrangements. Sometimes a patron chooses to work off the fine by doing some volunteer work in the Library. The Board of Trustees decided to purchase the system from EnvisionWare after careful consideration of price and quality. The purchase was made possible from generous gifts from several donors: the Friends of the Library, the Harry D. Stephens Trust, Linda Kinninger, and John & Beth Vehre. Many thanks for their support.

Sep 7, 2012

Moore competing for Miss Pre-Teen Cincinnati title

GREENVILLE—Autaum Moore of Greenville was selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Pre-Teen Cincinnati pageant to be held Sept. 16. Autaum learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the Cincinnati area. She submitted an application and took part in an interviewing session conducted by this year’s Cincinnati Pageant Coordinator.

Autaum will be competing in the Miss Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7-19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual and formal wear. Autaum will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Cincinnati judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Autaum were to win, she will represent Cincinnati and the surrounding communities at the National Competition to take place in Orlando, FL. Autaum wishes to thank the following businesses who are sponsoring her for this pageant: Arnett’s Consignments, Flory Landscaping, New Madison Computer Repair and Recreation Center, Huffman Auction Service, and a special thanks to the individuals of the New Madison Police Department for their support.

Bradford Library notes

BRADFORD--There is a change of date for the Bradford Public Library StoryTime with Miss Chris - it will begin Sept. 18, 11a.m. to noon. Also, on Sept. 15 the meeting with HomeSchool Parents and Teachers will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Staff will  be going over the digital equipment and print materials that will be of use to them as they progress through the school year.  

AWTHS Meeting and Upcoming Events

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trial Membership meeting will be held Sept. 13, 7 p.m., in the meeting room of the society building, 123 W. George St. Guest speaker for the meeting will be Arcanum’s own Bill Gunder, descendant of the founder of the town of Arcanum, William Gunder. This meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to come and learn about the origin of the town and the founding family.

Gunder is a published historian and author of several books including “The Secret Town.” The program is the first of a series offering hints and guidelines on researching your own family history.

Euchre Parties have convened on the first and third Fridays September through May, 1 p.m., at the historical house. This is open to the public, no reservations needed, just come and enjoy the afternoon.

Darke County Center for the Arts will host a Coffee House Series at the Historical Building on Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening, which will present a Russian Duo, are $10 and available for purchase at the Ben Franklin store in Arcanum. Refreshments for purchase will include Russian Desserts. The society members have started working toward the annual Christmas Bazaar set for November. Any gently used Christmas decorations and items donated are always greatly appreciated for the event. Items may be left on either the front or back door at any time. Items will be taken inside daily.

Judge Monnin Gives Info on Scam

DARKE COUNTY - Judge Julie L. Monnin, Darke County Municipal Court, announces a scam that has been reported to the court by several citizens of Darke County.

The court has been notified that unidentified persons are contacting citizens by telephone and claiming that they owe money to Darke County Municipal Court and if a credit card payment is not made immediately, a bench warrant will issued for their arrest.

Please be advised that if you receive a telephone call of this nature, notify the court immediately, 547-7340. The court can then verify if you have an outstanding balance due or if you were the recipient of this scam. Do not give credit card information or any other identifying information to unknown callers.

For more information, contact Judge Julie L. Monnin, Darke County Municipal Court, Darke County Courthouse, 504 South Broadway, Suite 7, Greenville, OH 45331, 547-7340.

Myers resigns as City Auditor

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Auditor Nancy Myers is resigning on Sept. 23 to take a new position in Marysville. The following is her announcement:

“It is with mixed emotions that I make the following statement:

I have chosen to accept the position of Assistant Finance Director for the City of Marysville, Ohio. I was contacted by Marysville’s Administration and requested to submit a resume. After meeting with representatives from Marysville on two separate occasions, I have made the decision to resign as Greenville City Auditor at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

In June 1980, I accepted a job offer from my predecessor, mentor and friend, Marvella Fletcher. Little did I know, the ‘job’ that I accepted would turn into a career. More than a career, my city service has been a passion!

In March 1998, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to further my service to the city and was appointed as City auditor and have been elected to that position since. I have had the opportunity to work with fantastic people, many who share my passion. I would like to particularly thank past and present employees who have worked as a part of my team, you ARE my extended family and I wish each of you the very best in life!

According to the Ohio Revised Code, Mayor Bowers will need to appoint an Acting Auditor, following my resignation, until the time the Darke County Republican Party chooses a successor. I am very excited to accept different challenges while being able to serve the City of Marysville. To the citizens of Greenville, THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve you. It has been more meaningful to me than you will ever know. My best to all of you!”

Sep 6, 2012

Upcoming Meetings

Sept. 10 – Arcanum Personnel Committee, 10 a.m., City Building
Sept. 10 – Arcanum Utility Committee, 4:30 p.m., Village Administrator’s Office
Sept. 11 – Arcanum Personnel Committee, 9:30 a.m., City Building
Sept. 11 – Arcanum Council Special Work Session, 6:15 p.m., City Building, presentation by Sawvel & Associates, Inc.
Sept. 11 – Arcanum Council will meet in regular session, 7 p.m., City Building
Sept. 12 – Arcanum Health Insurance Meeting, 1 p.m., City Building
Sept. 17 – Arcanum Finance and Audit Committee Meeting, 2 p.m., City Building
Sept. 17 – Greenville Finance Committee, 4 p.m., City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, Greenville, to discuss Expense Reduction Proposal
Sept. 18 – Darke Co. Park District Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session, 6:30 p.m., in the Library of the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W., Greenville.
Sept. 25 – Arcanum Council will meet in regular session, 7 p.m., City Building

Darke Co. Farmers eligible for loans

DARKE COUNTY – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced Darke County as one of 24 counties in Ohio that has been designated for Emergency Loan assistance as a result of the 2012 summer drought. The Emergency Loan program is administered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and provides financial assistance to family farmers that have suffered production losses of 30-percent or more as compared to normal production. The loan funds may be used to pay production costs, loan installments, replace lost working capital or refinance debts. The amount of the loan cannot exceed $500,000 or 100-percent of the actual loss amount. Those farmers participating in the Federal Crop Insurance program must consider all insurance benefits when determining the total amount of the production loss. The interest rate for loans approved in September is 2.125% and the loans are typically schedule for a seven-year repayment term.

Farmers may be eligible for the Emergency Loan if they are unable to obtain commercial credit from area lenders and meet the general FSA loan eligibility requirements. All loans must show debt repayment ability and be fully secured with pledged assets.

Darke County farmers have until April 15, 2013 to apply for the Emergency Loan. Applications may be obtained from the local Farm Service Agency office, located at the USDA Service Center, 1655 N. Barron St., Eaton. For more information, contact Peter P. Ferriell, 456-4211. Emergency Loan and other FSA program information may be found on the Farm Service Agency website, or at your nearest FSA office.

Community Unity Funds are down

GREENVILLE – Community Unity, 433 E. Water St., Greenville, has had to cut back on the number of clients they assist due to low funds. Financial support has been down recently while the needs of the Darke County clients remain great. “We hope this is just a temporary setback and we’re able to get back to helping a full schedule of clients just as soon as possible,” commented Jim Morehouse, board president.

Community Unity, which has been helping local residents for more than 20 years, gives financial assistance to those who qualify and includes assistance for utilities, rent, medical needs and emergency transportation.

Although Community Unity is located in the Grace Resurrection Community Center and both Christian ministries are similar in their desire to help persons in need, they are two separate organizations. Individuals, churches or organizations wanting more information on Community Unity, contact Jim Morehouse, 547-1557. Support is greatly appreciated and can be sent to Community Unity, PO Box 1064, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Sep 5, 2012

Mote & Assoc. Open House

GREENVILLE - Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 W. Fourth St., Greenville, will hold an Open House on Sept. 6, 3-6 p.m. to celebrate 40 years in business.

Come and experience some of the latest engineering technology, visit their timeline from the past to present and join them in their celebration.

Registration open for EMS and Firefighters

VERSAILLES – The Versailles FFA extends an invitation to EMS and Firefighters in the Miami Valley to attend the sixth Bi-Annual EMS and Fire Fighter Farm Safety Training Program on Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Versailles Fire/Rescue Station, 320 Baker Road, Versailles. A free catered lunch will be served and seven hours of Continuing Education Credits will be given.

The farm safety training program will be comprised of inside classroom instruction followed by outside and hands-on applications with the instructors coming from Clark State Community College Fire Program. Emphasis this year will be placed on tractor roll-over, grain rescue, and entanglement in farm equipment. After completion of the program, Versailles FFA will donate a Liberty Rescue Grain Tube to the Versailles Fire and EMS Station. Participates will try out the rescue tube first hand as part of their training. Please RSVP to Dena Wuebker, 526-4427, ext. 3113, at Versailles High School or email Dena Wuebker at by Sept. 24 in order to secure the proper handouts and supplies.

Grand Jury Activity

R. Kelly Ormsby, III, Prosecuting Attorney for Darke County, released the following report on Grand Jury activity conducted by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Brian L. Gabriel, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Courtney S. Jones, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft (Blank Checks) and Theft (Credit Card) based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Eric S. Bolin, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of four counts of Non-Support of Dependents based on an investigation by the Darke County Child Support Enforcement Agency
James Robert Paris, Ansonia – Indicted on a charge of Domestic Violence and Assault based on an investigation by the Ansonia Police Department
Karen Jackson, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Assault based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department
Robert Scott Kindred, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer and Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Paul L. Goddard, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Bryon T. Johnson, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Matthew C. Baker, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Sep 4, 2012

Single Vehicle Accident Sends One to the Hospital Via CareFlight

On September 4, 2012 at approximately 8:07 PM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 1200 block of US Route 36 west in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Grand Caravan driven by Latisha Bell, 25; Richmond, Ind. was driving eastbound when she went off the side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. Mrs. Bell’s vehicle over turned, went through a utility pole, and came to rest on its side. Mrs. Bell was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital were her condition is listed as stable.

DP&L was called to the scene due to live wires being down on the ground.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Drug Arrests Up; Fatalities Down Over Labor Day Weekend

Columbus –This Labor Day weekend, troopers were cracking down on drug activity. Troopers made 194 drug arrests – more than a 21 percent increase – throughout the holiday reporting period of Midnight on Friday, August 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 3. 

Labor Day weekend is historically known for being a dangerous time on Ohio roadways, and this year was no different. Despite the death of 13 people, who were killed in 13 separate crashes this year, Ohio experienced a decrease of two fatalities when compared to 2011. Fatalities reached a four-year high in 2009, with 20 deaths recorded during the four day reporting period.

“While one fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see a reduction in deaths this holiday weekend,” said Colonel John Born, superintendent of the Patrol. “Ohio’s troopers were out in full force this holiday weekend and their efforts undoubtedly saved lives.”

The Patrol saw a significant increase in safety belt citations – with an increase of over 23 percent when compared to last year. Overall enforcement was up more than nine percent, with troopers stopping more than 29,000 vehicles in which a citation was issued.

For a complete breakdown of the Patrol’s Labor Day enforcement, please visit

Seussical the Musical Tickets Still Available

Tickets for The Children’s Theatre Club’s production of Seussical the Musical are now on sale. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical follows Horton the Elephant as he tries to save the people of Who, all the while sitting on Mayzie la Bird’s egg. Packed with some of Dr. Seuss’ most favorite characters along with energetic and touching tunes, Seussical offers enjoyment for people of all ages. Performance will be Sept. 7 and 8, 7 p.m. and Sept. 9, 3 p.m., at the Downtown Campus of EUM Church. Tickets prices are $5 each and can be purchased by calling 547-3360 or by emailing

Children’s Theatre Club is a new local organization that offers area youth the opportunity to perform and produce theatre productions. Membership is open to local students in kindergarten thru 12th grade. For more information about the organization and to find out about up upcoming productions, interested parties are welcome to contact us.

Seussical the Musical is being produced with the support of Greenville National Bank, Dave Knapp, Sutton’s Grocery, Countryside Bike Shop, EUM Church, Eikenberry’s Grocery, and Shawnee Prairie. To become a supporter of this children’s organization or to purchase a program ad, please contact 547-3360.

College Planning Night set for 10/2

GREENVILLE--Again this year, Bridges to College is offering a College Planning Night Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at Memorial Hall. The program is designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Bridges to College trustee Chris Seger will offer information about college selection, college admissions, financial aid, and other tips during the presentation. For more information on this program or Bridges to College, email Beth Sears, Executive Director, at; call 423-2442, or visit

Arcanum Public Library News

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Public Library’s Fall Storytime with Ms Kristy is scheduled for Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for 2-3 year olds, and 11 a.m. for 4-5 year olds starting Sept. 12. In addition to the stories, Ms Kristy will be introducing the alphabet to the group and reinforcing what your child may or may not already know about letters and their sounds through stories, songs, and crafts. The After School Club will also begin meeting Wednesdays on Sept. 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m. The group will have an after school snack and enjoy crafts and games. For more information visit, call 692-8484 or visit the library’s page on facebook.

Anna Bier Gallery opens season with work of Christopher B. Walden

GREENVILLE—The Anna Bier Gallery seasons opens with the realistic wildlife and landscape paintings of Christopher B. Walden. Walden’s very realistic style and his ability to capture life in the animal kingdom have endeared him to many collectors around the world. 

He also feels the need to give back to the lands and animals he paints by teaming up with several conservation groups – Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, The Rocky Mountain Foundation and the Three Valley Trust Organization - using his talents to help raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats that are in danger.

Combining his passion for creating art and protecting wildlife, Walden and his work reach a singular place. The artwork of Chris Walden vibrantly portrays the passion and beauty of the natural world. Viewers are challenged to experience the essence of the natural world in it’s most raw form. The exhibit will be displayed Saturdays in September (8-29), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fortunate Son by Christopher B. Walden 

Sep 3, 2012

Dog training classes begin offered

GREENVILLE—The Greenville Area Dog Club fall session of obedience classes begins Sept. 11 and will be held at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of St. Rt. 49. Registration is 6:30-7:15 p.m. Orientation and classes will follow. 

The obedience classes include puppy (12 weeks to five months), beginner, beginner novice, novice and open obedience. Conformation classes will be offered on Wednesday nights.

According to Barb Rhoades, director of obedience training, the “puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay and other commands.”

A new class, Beginner Novice, for clients who have completed beginner class and want to continue with training will be offered this year. The class is designed to review what they learned in beginner class and correct any training mistakes or difficulties that have arisen as well as teach the first steps to receiving an AKC degree called Beginner Novice.

Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and participants must bring a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class. Veterinarians need to certify all vaccinations given at home or by a breeder. For information about obedience classes, call 548-0338, or 337-0292.

Director of Agility Charlotte Wisener states that dog agility classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Some include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Intermediate Agility Class and Advanced Agility Class. Special classes are offered for distance training and start line stays. The Monday classes begin Sept. 17; Wednesday classes begin Sept. 19. Conformation Classes will begin Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m.

To pre-register for agility classes (required), call 692-5310.

Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class. Most classes use dog treats as training aids, so bring small, bite-sized soft treats.

Bradford Library’s’ fall schedule in full swing

BRADFORD--The Bradford Public Library’s fall schedule is in full swing with crafting, social events, gardening, book clubs, Sr. Citizen’s group, Genealogy Clubs and Bible studies to meet your every wish! Saturdays are always great days to visit the library with “Coffee & News Hour” at 10:30 a.m. Patrons are invited to sit back, relax and read one of 70+ magazines and eight newspapers along with viewing your favorite news channel on the big screen! Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are free! 

The library is also offering the following workshops in September:

* StoryTime with Miss Chris will begin Sept. 4 and run for a six-week session. This preschool experience, for children ages 3-4, will be held 11 a.m. to noon, and will involve a variety of hand-on and storytelling activities. There is no charge as The Bradford Public Library provides this class as a service to the community.

* Reader’s Theatre and Book Signing with David Hughes, author of ‘Road to Glory’ will be held Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hughes, a Darke County native, is a former English teacher and basketball coach. He was named the Division III boys’ basketball AP Coach of the Year in 1991. Hughes is currently a sports writer for a local newspaper and now writes fiction full time. His new novel will be available for purchase at this time. If you like sports, drama, action and romance visit Reader’s Theatre, it will be quite entertaining.

* Do you want to learn more about GOOGLE? Do you wonder what all the hoopla is about? Do you want to learn how the apps in Google can make your life easier, more stress free and streamlined? Would you like to know what Google Chrome can do for your computer? Cherie Roeth, Library Director, will be holding two sessions - Sept. 13 will cover Google’s e-mail – and Sept. 27 will cover the Google Calendar; very easy to use and keep updated! Both sessions are FREE and will begin at 6 p.m. Sign-up is requested so that pamphlets can be made!

* GED classes will be held on Fridays in September. Anyone interested can contact the library with your name, address, and a phone where you can be reached. The GED Instructor will contact you personally and set a time for assessment or for instruction to begin. Over the past eight months, this program has been very successful and all of the library’s books, materials and equipment can be used for a successful classroom experience.

* Homeschooling parents and teachers please take note of this upcoming workshop on the “Uses of Interactive Whiteboards, Document Cameras, and Electronic Readers.” This introductory session will be held Sept. 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., and will include the new POLARIS patron website for ordering books on-line! The Bradford Public Library wants to needed to be successful in the Twenty-First Century. Learn to complement your instruction with the technology the library can offer, what the library has available and how the staff can help personalize your instruction. This is a free service for area communities.

* The Bradford Public Library Genealogy Club will hold its monthly meeting and “help” session Sept. 8, 11 a.m. Joan Cain and her husband, Bob, are very experienced in the area of family genealogies and can work with anyone in several methods of ancestral discoveries – The “By Foot” Method, By Print and Audiovisual Method, and the Internet Database Method– such as and HeritageQuest. Bradford Public Library provides information and resources in printed, audio, electronic, and visual formats along with computer access, study room, a history room, community room, and special programs/events to patrons and the public throughout Darke and Miami counties and the Miami Valley region. Library hours are Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Bradford Public Library is located at 138 E. Main Street and staff may be reached at 448-2612 during regular hours.

A.I.M. to meet

GREENVILLE—Lynne Gump, American Red Cross, Darke County Chapter Executive, will discuss “Disaster Preparedness” at the next A.I.M. (amputees in motion) support group meeting on Sept. 10. The meeting will be held 7-9 p.m. in the side basement conference room at the Darke County Health Department. For more information, contact Linda, 968-3074; Molly, 548-8139; Terri, 423-8404, or visit

Sep 2, 2012

Versailles FFA named a Top 10 Chapter; two place in top 4

VERSAILLES – The National FFA Organization recently announced that Versailles was named as one of the Top 10 Chapters. This is the first year for the organization to offer the Models of Excellence Award. Over 7,500 FFA Chapters are part of the National FFA Organization and at the convention Versailles FFA will have the opportunity to present a PowerPoint that highlights the activities of the chapter with the top chapter in the nation being announced. The award was based on the National FFA Chapter application that highlights the top nine activities of the chapter that fall under community, chapter and student development. The application was completed by Maddison Buschur and the award was under the leadership of 2011-12 Versailles FFA Chapter President William Borchers.  

In addition to Versailles, two other Ohio chapters were listed in the top 10, Marysville and Ridgemont.  Also, the National FFA announced the top 4 in the nation in each proficiency area and for the first time in Versailles FFA’s history, the chapter has two proficiency finalists, Buschur and Nick Rutschilling.  Ohio had 14 National FFA Proficiency Finalist.  

Buschur, a senior at Versailles High School, was named a top 4 National FFA Proficiency finalist in the area of Ag Communications.  She is the daughter of Steve and Vicki Buschur of North Star.  Buschur’s application worked its way through the district and state where it was ranked first before being sent to the National FFA. Her 12-page application, including pictures, resume and letter recommendations, was reviewed by a committee on the national level prior to being chosen as top four finalist. Buschur will be interviewed at the National FFA Convention in October with the final winner being announced at convention. Her application was based on her work at the WTGR Radio Station in Greenville as a farm broadcaster.   

Rutschilling is a 2012 graduate of Versailles High School and a member of the Versailles FFA Chapter.  He was named as a Top 4 finalist in the area of Swine Placement for working on their family swine operation. Rutschilling is the son of Mark and Linda Rutschilling of Yorkshire.  His application also received first place at the district and state level before being sent to the national level. His 12-page application, including pictures, resume and letter recommendations, was also reviewed by a committee at the national level before being named in the top four.  He will be interviewed at the National FFA Convention in October with the final winner being announced at convention.

The National FFA ranks the proficiency applications in four areas, including 4 National FFA finalists, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Maddison Buschur is shown with her parents Steve and Vicki after being announced the State winner in Ag Communications Proficiency Award, Maddison has now been named the top 4 in the nation.

Nick Rutschilling is shown with his parents Linda and Mark after being announced the State winner in Swine Placement Proficiency Award, Nick has now been named the top 4 in the nation.

Riegle honored during races at Darke Co. Fair

Mark Winters Jr. hands out 
flowers after winning the 
inaugural Gene Riegle 
Memorial. (Ryan Berry photo)

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association and the Darke County Agricultural Society honored legendary horseman Gene Riegle during the final night of harness racing at the 2012 Darke County Fair. In addition to hosting the Riegle Memorial with a $10,000 purse, Gene Riegle Bobble Heads were handed out and a painting commissioned by the Harness Horseman’s Association of Riegle was presented to his family to be displayed in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

Darke County was Riegle’s home and the race track at the Darke County Fairgrounds was his home track. He trained and drove many horses on that track. Riegle, whether it was training, owning or racing, had a hand in producing legendary horses. In addition to Arnie Almahurst, the 1993 Little Brown Jug Winner, Riegle worked with Western Hanover, Jay Tim, and Three Diamonds. The biggest name he had the privilege to work with was Arts Place. Arts Place won the $605,870 Breeders Crown Freshman Pace. The horse also earned the Two Year Old Colt of the Year that year after winning the $797,400 Metro Final and the $655,600 Governor’s Cup Final. In all, Arts Place won 10 of 18 starts that year and banked nearly $1 million.

The winner of the inaugural Gene Riegle Memorial was Lucky Me driven by Mark Winters Jr. The horse missed the track record by less than two seconds with a time of 1:56.
Artist Ann Lufkin presents an original painting of the late Gene Riegle and Arts Place to his widow, Martha Riegle. Joining Martha for the presentation were members of the Riegle Family. (Ryan Berry photo)

Register now for Tire Recycling Day

GREENVILLE – Tired of looking at those old tires lying around?  Not only are they an eye sore, they can be dangerous.  The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Darke County Environmental Council want to help you with your tire problem.  The district and council will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and wooded areas.  Used tires make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lascrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow Fever. 
Some mosquitoes have long-lived eggs, which can remain unhatched for years in old tires that were once wet and have dried out.  The eggs can be transported in tires that are trucked between counties, states and even countries.  When it rains, these tires collect water, wetting the inside of the tires where the eggs once were deposited, hatching out mosquitoes by the thousands.  By disposing of used tires properly, you can reduce the chance of disease.

The Tire Recycling Day is open to all Darke County residents, farmers, municipalities and townships.  Unfortunately, no tires will be accepted from junk yards or junk dealers, garages, auto repair shops; tire, automobile, truck, farm-equipment dealerships; atv/motorcycle shops or commercial trucking/hauling businesses.

Those interested in participating in this one-day event must pre-register.  Pre-Registration continues through Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 603 Wagner Ave; Suite C, Greenville (with OSU Extension and the Job Center).  The office will be closed on Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day.

Participants are asked to remove rims from all tires before taking them to the Rumpke Transfer Station, 5474 Jaysville-St John Road, Greenville, on Sept. 20.  Tires left on rims will not be accepted.  Passenger tires will be accepted free of charge, however, there is a limit of 25 tires per Darke County address.  Tractor tires pre-registered will be charged a $15 fee per tire at the time of registration.  Tractor tires larger than 28-inches wide will not be accepted.  Semi/Truck tires pre-registered will be charged a $5 per tire fee.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, all tires must be secured and tarped before arriving at the transfer station unless they are in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, etc.  Untarped loads can be refused.

Assisting the Solid Waste District and Environmental Council will be Community Service Workers, the Environmental Division of the Darke County Health Department, Darke County Engineer, Darke County Highway Garage, Rumpke employees and many volunteers.

Sep 1, 2012

Info provided on Diabetes meds

GREENVILLE--Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE at Wayne HealthCare will provide a presentation on the “Overview of Diabetes Medications” on Sept. 11, 6 p.m., in the 3rd floor conference room at Wayne HealthCare.  There is no cost to attend this program. Information will include oral and injectable medications, along with insulin, which are currently available to help with diabetes management. For more information, call 547-5750.

Hands on Herbal

GREENVILLE--Herbs are all around us; in the yard, at the park, in the garden. In recent history, a person would turn to herbs prior to the doctor. Join the Darke County Park District on Sept. 15, 9 a.m., to learn about the many herbs found in our own backyards and how we can use them to assist us in our daily life. Participants will work hands-on and will get to take home their finished products.  Pre-registration is required and limited to those 21 and up.  There is a fee of $12 per person.  Space is limited so be sure to call or stop by the Nature Center, today!  For questions on this and the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, please call the Nature Center,  548-0165, or visit

Gourd Growers: Show Books are ready

GREENVILLE—Those interested in showing gourds at this year’s Ohio Gourd Show (Sept. 29 and 30 at the Darke County Fairgrounds) can obtain a Show Book by calling 937-447-2845 or online at

The Show Book lists classes and rules. The competition is open to any and all who wish to compete and there is no entry fee, with classes for Juniors and Youth as well as Adults.

Awards are made on the basis of cultural perfection, quality, cleanliness, maturity, trueness of type and conformance with Show Schedule. Exhibitors may enter as many classes as they wish but only one entry per class is allowed. Ribbons will be awarded for placings but there is no prize money offered. This competition is mostly for fun and education.

Entry forms for classes must be postmarked by Sept. 19. Check all class number to be entered on the entry form and mail the entry form to: Ohio Gourd Show Entry, c/o John Martin, 438 Sardinia-Mowrystown Rd., Sardinia, OH 45171 or email (by Sept. 20):

Bring entries to the Darke County Fairgrounds Coliseum after noon on Sept. 28 or before 11 a.m. on Sept. 29. Pick up entry tags and place your entry in the proper location. Show personnel will be available to answer questions and offer help if needed. Entries may be picked up after 4 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Correction to Toastmasters announcement

GREENVILLE – In correct information was given for the Greenville Toastmasters’ workshop beginning Sept. 20.

The Greenville Toastmasters will host a Speechcraft Workshop beginning Sept. 20 and continuing for eight weeks. During the session, you will prepare and present short talks and practice impromptu speaking in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere. By the end of the workshop you will be able to communicate with confidence and poise at work and home.

Give your career a boost. Reserve your place in the Speechcraft workshop. The series will be held at the Darke County Educational Service Center, 5279 Education Drive, Greenville, 7 p.m. The cost for the program is $75. Call 548-5342 for more information or email The program is sponsored by the Greenville Toastmasters Club.

September is National Preparedness Month

DARKE COUNTY – September is National Preparedness Month! Would you be ready if there were an emergency? Be prepared: assemble an emergency supply kit, make your emergency plans, stay informed, and get involved in helping your family, your business, and your community be ready for emergencies. Here are some tips to help you and your family get prepared:

* Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio for your home and replace the batteries when you change your smoke detectors.

Replacing the batters will ensure you’ll be able to hear the radio even when the power goes out which is likely during a severe weather emergency.

* Have an emergency plan for home and work that includes a designated shelter place and then practice it.
Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations. Ask about planning at your workplace and your child's school or daycare center. The US Department of Education gives guidelines for school preparedness. Workers at small, medium, and large businesses should practice for emergencies of all kinds

* Have an emergency supply kit that is easily accessible and will sustain your family for at least three days.
An emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth. You should have enough supplies to survive for at least three days.

* When thunder roars, go indoors! If you can hear thunder you're likely within striking distance of the storm. Stay informed!

Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.

For more information or for assistance contact the Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 548-1444, visit or like them on Facebook.

Aug 31, 2012

Photo Club Show to be held September 8

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Photography Club will hold their Fifth Annual Photography Competition, “A Moment of Time” on Sept. 8, at Elements Live Yoga/Third Street Market, 120 West Third St. 

Due to the generous support of the following sponsors, there will be over $1000 in prizes to be awarded: Greenville National Bank, Jeannie’s Pooch Parlor, Financial Achievement Services, Granny’s Corner, Burr Oak Family Dentistry, Double M Diner, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Cratiques Antiques and Collectables, Making Waves, Dr. Craig Leland Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, McCabe Painting, Schultz Motors, The Winery at Versailles, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Hittle Buick GMC, Ridgeway Cleaning Service, Creations A Hair Studio, and Jeff Hole and Max. For more information, visit the club’s website at or call Jeannie Grosch, 548-6287.

Fundraisers set for Corynna Strawser

GREENVILLE—Fifteen-year-old Corynna Strawser has been plagued by gastro intestinal issues since birth, but in the last two years the symptoms have intensified. She is no longer able to eat and is fed through a TPN line. Doctors have been unable to definitively diagnose her condition, however, they believe she is suffering from one of two disorders – Hollow Visceral Myopahty or Chronic Pseudo Obstruction Disorder and possibly Mitrochondrial disease. There are no cures. 

Although her parents, Sean and Kristi Strawser have insurance coverage, it does not cover all of her care and the high deductibles and co-pays have mounted.

To help the Strawer family, fundraisers have been planned to help with the mounting deductibles and co-pays.

A Garage and Bake Sale will be held set Sept. 6, 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 501 Gray Ave. in Greenville.

A Spaghetti Dinner and Dance will be held Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, at the American Legion, 325 N. Ohio St. in Greenville. After dinner entertainment will be provided by Spittin’ Image and DJ Steve Erwin will provide the dance music. Tickets, $15, can be purchased at The Coffee Pot and Brenda’s Beanery.

Friends of the Parks annual Basket Raffle

GREENVILLE--The Friends of the Darke County Park District will host their annual basket raffle during Prairie Days. NEW to this year’s raffle are bicycles donated by Greenville Wal-Mart - a Men’s 26-inch Schwinn 7-speed bicycle and a Women’s 26-inch Huffy 1-speed. There will be a separate raffle for each bike. 

Baskets include one from the Darke County Birders, containing field guides, bird feeders, seed and more. The Darke County Photo club donated a basket full of supplies you need for photos and plenty of accessories for you camera. The Old Thyme Gardeners basket contains gift cards from local businesses, tickets to their Fall and Spring Workshop, herb mixes and more. Several Veterinarians donated a basket fit for any dog lover which includes a certificate for a free exam, dog toys and many grooming supplies. The Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club donated a basket that any outdoor enthusiast would be thrilled to win, featuring the book 50 Hikes of Ohio, a dry bag, Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card, waterproof phone case, hiking stick and more.

All of the baskets and bicycles are now on display at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) are available for purchase Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Darke County Park District. The drawing will be held at Prairie Days on Sept. 30 and you do not need to be present to win. Help support the Friends of the Darke County Parks and win an awesome basket full of goodies or a new bicycle!
New this year are two bicycles, donated by Wal-Mart, to be raffled during Prairie Days.(submitted photo) 

DCCA will hold annual meeting on Sept. 6

GREENVILLE – Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting Sept. 6, 7 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth St., Greenville.  All DCCA members are invited to attend.  The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year.  Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing artists.  In addition to offering a five-concert Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA sponsors Special Performances, a Coffee, Comedy and Cabaret Series, an Arts In Education program which brings professional performers to inspire creativity in the students of all Darke County and Greenville City Schools, and its latest venture, Arts Generation Series for teens and young adults.  Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth.
Darke County Center for the Arts welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment.  The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery.  The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and last season DCCA installed a hearing aid device for the hearing impaired.  Also, interpretive signers are provided upon request for all Family Theater performances. 

DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs.  To make a request or learn more about the organization, please contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or  Written requests or inquiries may be directed to DCCA at P.O. Box 718, Greenville, OH  45331.

Special mug given at Sept. blood drives

DARKE COUNTY – When footballs start flying you know fall is beginning and Community Blood Center (CBC) is welcoming the change of seasons with a warm gift for the cooler days ahead.
Everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch or most mobile blood drives Sept. 10-29 will receive the new speckled black stoneware mug emblazoned in red with “Blood Donor – Every Drop Counts” and the CBC blood drop logo.

The mug is the first in a series of CBC fall giveaways that celebrate the dropping temperatures, changing colors and holiday traditions of autumn in the Midwest.

Notice about important changes to CBC’s donor ID system - CBC has assigned new, eight-digit donor identification numbers to all donors.  When donors present their current CBC Donor ID card at a CBC branch or mobile drive it will be noted for replacement and the donor will receive a new plastic Donor ID card and key fob card in the mail. Donors must use their new Donor ID number to schedule appointments on

Technology is making it faster and more convenient than ever to schedule your next blood donation.  Just use your computer or smart phone to make an appointment online at 

Sept. 10 – Wayne HealthCare, 8–11 a.m., employees only, appointment contact Kelly Sanning
Sept. 11 – Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Lambda Chi Omega Sorority Gamma Epsilon Chapter, open to the community, appointments encouraged!
Sept. 13 – Family Health, 8 a.m. – noon, Employees Only, Appointment Contact Cindy Brown
Sept. 17 – Versailles K of C Hall, 8440 St. Rte. 47, Versailles, 12:30–7 p.m., sponsored by Versailles Poultry Days Committee, open to the community, appointments encouraged!
Sept. 18 – Gordon United Methodist Church, 311 East St., Gordon, 3:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Village of Gordon Council and Verona Fire Department, open to the community, appointments encouraged!
Sept. 27 – Arcanum High School, 8–11 a.m., sponsored by Arcanum High School FCCLA, Students and Faculty Only

Aug 30, 2012

Municipal Band presents A Grand Finale

GREENVILLE--The final concert of the 2012 concert season of the Greenville Municipal Concert Band will be presented Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. The concert is free and open to the public. The Labor Day celebration, conducted by JR Price, will feature music from the rock band Chicago and the legendary music of Frank Sinatra, as well as park band standards such as Trumpets Ole and Amparito Roca. The overture for the evening will be the beautiful Irish Rhapsody penned by Clare Grundman. 

Special soloist for the evening will be trumpeter and Greenville native John Slonaker, who will perform the wonderful trumpet solo Trumpeters Prayer.

Members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Disabled American Veterans will present the colors of our country.

Versailles Health Care Center News

Grandparents’ Day at VHCC

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Health Care Center invites you to celebrate Grandparents’ Day with us on Sept. 9, 1-3 p.m. This event is sure to please kids of all ages! They will have a giant inflatable jumpy, face painting, soft-serve ice-cream, and a cake-wheel, with donations to benefit the Alzheimers Association’s Memory Walk on Sept. 30. All of the fun activities are free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family, and join them for a day of fun. They will be raffling off a boy’s and a girl’s bicycle! You must be present to win! For more information, call 526-5570, or visit

VHCC plans Open House

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Health Care Center, 200 Marker Road, Versailles, invites you to join them for an Open House on Sept. 19, 4-7 p.m.  They will be celebrating “Miracles in Motion,” this year’s theme of National Rehabilitation Week.  They are offering a tour of the Chairman’s Award winning facility, and spacious therapy gym.  They will have expert staff available to answer questions about the specialized services they offer, and utilizing your Medicare, Medicaid, or HMO coverage to its fullest benefit. 
Refreshments will be available and they will be raffling off a very special wellness-related door prize to those who attend.  RSVP at 526-5570, or visit

Power Over Parkinson’s

VERSAILLES – On Sept. 12, 4 p.m., in the Rehab Clinic of Versailles Health Care Center, 200 Marker Road, Versailles, VHCC will host its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! 
Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to exercise, socialize, and learn.  This month, we are looking forward to learning from our guest speaker, Kevin Subler, Doctor of Pharmacy.  Kevin is a pharmacist with Kaup Pharmacy and will be sharing information about medications.  As usual, the session will be lead by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. 

They will lead the group in vocal and physical exercise.  Shannon and Gina hope to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

This is a free meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be a door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée; compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

For more information or to RSVP, call Shannon, 526-0130.

Free Joint Replacement Class is 9/24
VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class.  This class is offered the fourth Monday of each month (Sept. 24) at 6 p.m. in the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon, along with the therapy staff at Versailles Health Care Center, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed. This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled.  The class will include handouts and a question/answer session.  

Light refreshments will be provided and you have a chance to win a free entrée from Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

Call Shannon Condon, 526-0130, for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event. 

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